915: Stephen Batchelor: Simplifying Buddhism and the nature of Meditation

Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. In particular, he regards the doctrines of karma and rebirth to be features of ancient Indian civilisation and not intrinsic to what the Buddha taught. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. I am honored and delighted to have him on ZEN commuter to help me understand Buddhism.

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914: If You Watch the News, You'll Want to Know This

You know how I feel about the news.  It's not a real thing anymore.  No, I am not talking about fake news.  I am talking about how the news is more interested in generating fear than promoting an accurate depiction of the world.  I could beg you to not watch the news, but for many people they have been conditioned to believe that they need to watch the news to appear educated and aware.  So if you do continue to watch the news, then at least keep up your meditation habit.  It will insulate you against the damaging effects of watching.

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913: How to Enter the Flow State Anytime, 4 Easy Steps with Melli O'brien

The "Flow State" is a sought after state of mind when you are so fully engrossed in a task that you lose all sense of time.  However, it is not a task that is meaningless.  Usually it is a piece of work that captivates you; is your passion.  As you might expect, many people have likened it to mindfulness.  Today, with the help of Mrs. Mindfulness, Milli O'brien, we are going to learn how to get into that elusive mindset easily.

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